8. Memorial Day 1982 Crime Spree
Memorial Day weekend in 1982 quickly turned from a holiday weekend into a nightmare for many Nassau County residents. Robert Samuels, James Martin, Bruce Garrison and Michael and Robert Williams broke into a Plainview home where a party was a little before midnight on May 29. They held the guests hostage and forced them to strip at gunpoint. They sexually abused and raped several of the women and urinated on some of the men, stole cash, jewelry and electronics and fled. An hour later they went into the Seacrest Diner and held everyone inside hostage for nearly an hour. Here they also forced their victims to strip naked and stole their valuables and cash. They raped a young waitress, pistol-whipped several people, including diner owner Nick Bouloukos, and shot two men as they laughed on their way out.
The men were identified by taxi driver Ishaq Sarwar, who had stopped at the diner to ask for directions and unwittingly walked into the hostage situation. They all pled guilty and were sentenced to more than 3,000 years in prison, though the punishment was later reduced and some have already been released from jail. The judge who sentenced them called it “the most violent and obscene crime spree in the history of Nassau County.”